8 days in Cairns Region, Kangaroo Island & Melbourne Itinerary

8 days in Cairns Region, Kangaroo Island & Melbourne Itinerary

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8 days in Cairns Region, Kangaroo Island & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Trinity Beach
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Melbourne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach ©
On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Trinity Beach and then experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yorkeys Knob Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Annie's Ladies Boutique, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Cove Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Trinity Beach online route planner .

Brisbane to Trinity Beach is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in August; daily highs in Trinity Beach reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Trinity Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Yorkeys Knob Beach ©
Yorkeys Knob Beach
Spas

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Raptor Domain and Will's Rare Breeds Farm. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, enjoy the sand and surf at Island Beach, and admire all the interesting features of Island Pure Sheep Dairy.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinity Beach to Kangaroo Island. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Kangaroo Island Spirits ©
Kangaroo Island Spirits
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

2
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck 88. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation maker site .

Fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. August in Melbourne sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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